Dems renew calls for gun restrictions in wake of Las Vegas shooting

Democrats are demanding action from Congress and the White House to impose new restrictions on gun sales following a mass shooting in Las Vegas late Sunday night, the deadliest in U.S. history.

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At least 58 people were killed and some 400 injured after a shooter fired on a crowded country music festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

The suspected gunman, Stephen Paddock of Mesquite, Nev., was found dead in his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino, from where he fired on the crowd. 

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President Trump will visit Las Vegas on Wednesday. In a somber address at the White House, Trump called the mass shooting “an act of pure evil” and praised the bravery of the first responders.

“We call upon the bonds of citizenship, the ties of community, and the comfort of our common humanity,” Trump said. “Our unity cannot be shattered by evil, our bonds cannot be broken by violence, and though we feel such great anger, at the senseless murder of our fellow citizens, it is our love that defines us today and always will."

But many Democrats expressed frustration with those offering thoughts and prayers for the victims, saying that it isn’t enough.

“This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic,” Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphyKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Democrats seize Senate floor to protest gun inaction: 'Put up or shut up' Senate Democrats to hold the floor to protest inaction on gun violence MORE (D-Conn.) said in a statement. “The thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with continued legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.”

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenKavanaugh impeachment push hits Capitol buzz saw Mark Mellman: The most important moment in history? Katie Pavlich: The Democrats' desperate do-overs MORE (D-Mass.) echoed that sentiment.